Skalko’s formative years were spent in a small, rural town in northern Minnesota, where a keen appreciation for a Scandinavian design sensibility and aesthetic were instilled, leading to a collaborative architectural study between North Dakota State and Melbourne, Australia's prestigious RMIT University. Skalko then headed west to the calling of Scott Lindenau and Studio B Architects. There, Skalko learned how to run an effectual design practice during a time when Studio B was transforming from a local, Aspen-based studio into the preeminent contemporary architectural practice in Colorado. Running projects from concept to completion, most garnered coveted industry awards and recognition in prominent publications.
In a profession that oftentimes is associated with showmanship and ego, Skalko’s work appears humble, and appropriate for his aspirational structures that seem to celebrate altruism. Outside of Skalko’s artistic influences, including his professional workings in commercial and editorial photography, he continually generates new perspectives. Skalko has also been an active community member serving on the Aspen Historical Preservation Commission (2001-2007) and on the board of directors for Theatre Aspen (2008-2010) as well as an Aspen Art Museum Contemporary.
In addition, he has participated in several community task forces focused on long-range and master-planned design strategies for the city of Aspen. Driven by a desire to make each design meaningful, Skalko’s thoughtful designs encompass a visual beauty as well as a strict and rigorous attention to detail and craft. His work stresses the importance of a sympathetic relationship between what we produce and the world in which it exists.